Betsy Scarborough

February 25, 1948May 16, 2020

Betsy Gibson Scarborough, 72, of Columbia, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Saturday, May 16, 2020. Betsy was born February 25, 1948 in Raleigh, North Carolina, daughter of the late Evelyn Brown Gibson of Hemingway, South Carolina, and the late Elliott R. Gibson, of Elizabeth, West Virginia. Betsy grew up in Hemingway, South Carolina, and graduated from Hemingway High School in 1966. Betsy attended college at Winthrop University, where she was the senior class president. After graduating from Winthrop University in 1970 with a degree in Biology, Betsy worked doing medical research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for two and a half years. Betsy moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where she married John Algie Scarborough and had two children, Patricia and John Randall. After her children were old enough to attend school full-time, Betsy obtained a Master’s in Education from the University of South Carolina, and taught middle school science at Crayton Middle School in Columbia for 19 years. After retirement, Betsy volunteered at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital, where she made many lasting friends and served on the auxiliary board. She also enjoyed her two cats, Smoky and Bug, and was a lifelong rescuer of animals.

Betsy is survived by her daughter, Patricia; her son, John Randall and his wife, Melanie; her cousin, Claire Yarborough (Paul), who was more like a sister to her; her close friend, Robert Oliver; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews who she cherished, and her three grandchildren, Mason, Charlie, and Ryan, who were the light of her life.

The family would like to thank all of the nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers at Baptist Parkridge Hospital and Richland Hospital for their care and compassion, as well as Betsy’s numerous friends, co-volunteers, and neighbors for their friendship, care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prisma Health Midlands Foundation or PETSinc of Columbia.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Bridget Hudson

May 26, 2020

My sympathy goes out to Betsy’s children and grandchildren. She loved you all so much and spoke about you frequently.

I miss you so much already. I will miss our conversations our lunches at the bistro and our Wednesday lunch is at the hospital.

With love

Janie Phipps

May 25, 2020

Betsy, I will miss seeing your smiling face every week at the hospital. I miss you! To Betsy's family, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Regi Thackston

May 23, 2020

We grieve with you, Randall and Patricia, and the many people who were blessed by Betsy's life. I met her when I became her pastor when she was 13 years old, and delighted in watching her grow into a warm and funny, and contributing adult. Later, I became her pastor again in Columbia, and was grateful for the mature woman she had become. Betsy was my friend for almost 60 years, and I was blessed by her. May she rest in peace, and may God comfort all of us who mourn.

Dave Dolin

May 21, 2020

Thank you for all the laughs we shared over the years and for the time we spent taking 7th graders to Barrier Island! We never lost one in all the times we were there! Rest in peace.

Linda Jean Campbell

May 20, 2020

Sweetest condolences to Betsy's family and dear friends. I have such fond memories of knowing Betsy. We were schoolmates at Hemingway High and Winthrop College. She was a smart, fun, kind and beautiful lady 💐
Linda Jean Snowden Campbell

Olivia Burgess

May 20, 2020

To the family of Betsy Scarborough, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady and always made people happy wherever she went. That big laugh of hers will be missed in this world. She was a wonderful friend to my brother and he loved her very much. I always knew that she had his back and since I live in Virginia, that meant a lot to me. I never had a conversation with her without hearing something about her two kids and those great grandkids. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am the big sister of Robert Oliver.

Ken Evans

May 20, 2020

Very thankful to have known Betsy thanks to her son and my daughter marrying. Betsy was always so loving of kids (especially the grands!) and had an ability to engage with those around her like she’d known them for a lifetime. Her wit and propensity to “tell it like it is” made it a joy to spend time with her.
Love and fond wishes to the family at this time as you grieve and process. Cherish the many joyful memories with Betsy as she lives on in your hearts.

Hope Brown

May 19, 2020

I will miss you Aunt Betsy and always cherished the time during the summer months when I was younger we spent together. Betsy keep me so I would could attend gymnastic camps held in Columbia . After camp. Patricia and I would swim in their new pool. Even though I was quite young she made me feel right at home during that time and I loved getting to know her. Betsy was a special person, Aunt, Mother and Grandmother and friend to many. She will
truly be missed.
Hope Stuckey
Aka - Little Hope (as Betsy would say)

Natakie Baxter

May 19, 2020

The Baxter Family will truly miss you sweet Mimi. You were ALWAYS so wonderful and candid and funny. The boys baseball games will Never be the same without you in the stands cheering them on along side of us baseball moms. I will certainly miss you and your amazing personality. Thank you for all of these years of getting to know you. May you Rest in Peace and know that you have so many people here on Earth thinking about you and sending you Love up in Heaven. ❤❤❤❤

Sandy Scarborough

May 19, 2020

I will always remember the times our families spent together when our kids were little! Whether at the beach, holiday celebrations, crazy parties, or one of our boys’ little league ballgames, we always had a lot of fun together. She was a great support to me, especially in those early days, and her genuine concern and kindness were so appreciated. Even though lately we didn’t see each other often, when we did she always asked about my kids. They loved their Aunt Betsy, and I felt the same. She will be missed. Rest in peace, Betsy. 💔

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